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    Ken Burns on The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    Ken Burns spoke at a National Press Club luncheon about his documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, in which he chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. In his speech he listed many of the ways their legacies continue to reach into contemporary American life. He said that the central questions of both Roosevelt presidencies, namely the role of government, “is the central question of our time.” Following his prepared remarks, he responded to audience members' written questions.

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    Filmmaker Ken Burns on The Roosevelts

    Ken Burns talked about his 14-hour, seven part PBS documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The film chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Geoff Ward, author of the companion book, also joined the discussion. Among other topics they discussed the reasons for their interest in the family, how the policies of Theodore Roosevelt connect to Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” domestic programs, and how the presidencies of both Roosevelts are germane to contemporary debate on the role of government.

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    Q&A with Rick Perlstein

    Rick Perlstein talked about his book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, the third in a series by Mr. Perlstein tracing the evolution of the conservative movement in American politics. He talked about the early career of Ronald Reagan, his entrance into politics after his film career began to falter, his change from the Democratic to the Republican Party, his support of Barry Goldwater, and his rise to the presidency. Mr. Perlstein also talked about the methodology and research associated with the book, and the criticism by some historians surrounding its publication.

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    Star-Spangled Banner 200th Anniversary

    Fort McHenry hosted a ceremony honoring the 200th anniversary of of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” The ceremony inlcuded remarks by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and a flag-raising at the exact time that Francis Scott Key saw a large American flag hoisted above the fort, signaling that the garrison had survived an all-night bombardment by the British Navy. That moment on September 14, 1814, inspired Key to compose what would later become the U.S. national anthem.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Steny Hoyer

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talked by video link from Capitol Hill about the fall congressional agenda and the November 2014 elections. He said that he expected that Congress would vote during the next week on President Obama’s plan to combat ISIS* militants and on the continuing resolution to fund the government, but would take a “two-step process” that could last until after the midterm elections. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

    *The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    StudentCam 2015 Theme Announcement

    Susan Swain announced the theme for C-SPAN’s 2015 StudentCam documentary competition: “The Three Branches and You.” Contestants were asked to tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch affected you or your community.

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    Q&A with David Fahrenthold

    David Fahrenthold talked about his article for the Washington Post on Medicare fraud involving power wheelchairs, as well as other investigative reports he’s worked on involving federal government waste.

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    Newsmakers with Mary Kay Henry

    Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s largest union, talked by remote video from San Francisco about employment numbers, minimum wage, immigration, and politics. She talked about the September 4, 2014, protests held across the U.S. with the SEIU by fast food workers demanding a wage of $15 per hour through the movements Fight for 15 and Fast Food Forward. The union had been working to organize fast food and home care workers. She also talked about the August 2014 employment numbers released that day. After the interview, the reporters in the studio discussed her responses with the host.

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    U.S. Diplomacy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the United States Diplomacy Center (USDC). Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton also made remarks. All of the speakers talked about the importance of diplomacy in foreign policy.

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    Q&A with Judge Robert Katzmann

    Judge Robert Katzmann talked about his book, Judging Statutes, which explores his views on federal judges' interpretations of the the laws passed by Congress. His belief in deciphering the intent of a law is in contrast to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and other “textualists” who argue that laws passed by Congress are not open to interpretation by judges, as the text of a law should be strictly followed. Judge Katzmann also talked about his career, his mentor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and his views on televising federal court proceedings. His court allows televised coverage of its cases.